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Non-Profit Reaches into Las Vegas Community Offering Help

LAS VEGAS -- While many social services are being forced to cut back, one local non-profit is working to grow. City Impact Center provides local kids a safe place to hang out and helps adults with food and medical care.

City Impact Center may have limited funding but it has a big vision. Located on E. Sahara Avenue, just five blocks from the Las Vegas Strip, the center has a home.

"To have a place like this, I really appreciate it. I come over here and they give food and medical," said Tasha Morning, a client of the center.

Morning and Michael Smith, along with their kids, call the center a blessing. Not only does City Impact Center provide free food for struggling families, it provides free medical and dental care to the uninsured.

Director Victor Caruso says the need is greater than ever before.

Ramadan Ends as Muslims Remember the Impact of 9/11

Ramadan Ends as Muslims Remember the Impact of 9/11

The holy month of Ramadan ended Tuesday after a month of daily fasting for those of the Muslim faith.

The end of the holiday hits close to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America, which not only changed the world, but put Islam under tough scrutiny.  

“On 9/11 our religion was also hijacked, not just the planes that were hijacked. People who didn't represent the best of Islam became most dominant face for Islam,” said Imam Fateen Saifullah.

Saifullah was one of hundreds of people who gathered at the Islamic Society of Nevada Mosque at Desert Inn Road and Lamb Boulevard for an end of Ramadan celebration.  He says the last decade has changed everything for Muslims. Saifullah says many realized they needed to get the true message of their faith out to the rest of the community.

Police Identify Crash Victim

The Clark County Coroner identified the man hit and killed while crossing Boulder Highway near Lamb Boulevard.

He was Normand J. Cote, 54, from Fullerton, California. The cause of death is pending. 

The accident happened at around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night. Police say Cote was using a walker as he crossed Boulder Highway just south of Lamb. A vehicle traveling southbound on Boulder Highway struck and killed the man. Preliminary reports indicate he was traveling outside a crosswalk.

The driver has not been charged.


Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Save Money with Early Registration for Camp Foxtail

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is now accepting camper registrations for its 2011 resident summer camp sessions June 19 to August 14.  Download the camp book and register on-line at girlscoutsnv.org.

Established in 1949, Camp Foxtail, located in the Toiyabe National Forest, provides Girl Scouts ages 8 to 17 years old with traditional resident camp experiences.  Programs encourage leadership through activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, high and low adventure courses, singing, arts and crafts, campfires and much more.

Session prices range from $300 to $350 and girls must be a registered member of Girl Scouts to attend Camp Foxtail. Membership is $12 annually and can be purchased at the same time as camp sessions.

To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 385-3677 or visit girlscoutsnv.org.

Local Pet Rescue Group Faces Foreclosure

Local Pet Rescue Group Faces Foreclosure

One of Nevada's largest animal rescue shelters might have to close if it cannot raise sufficient money to avoid foreclosure on its Amargosa Valley dog sanctuary.

Adopt A Rescue Pet (ARP) has less than 45 days to raise $70,000 to pay off the pending balloon payment for its five-acre dog sanctuary in Amargosa Valley. Private foundation grant funding was to have provided the money in January, but when the foundation suddenly went defunct, the non-profit pet rescue organization found itself in trouble.

"We are deeply concerned about the future of pets in the Las Vegas area if we are not able to secure the funding necessary to keep our doors open," ARP Founder Elizabeth Rubin said.

Children's Literacy Nonprofit Spread the Word Nevada Receives Largest-Ever Grant

Children's Literacy Nonprofit Spread the Word Nevada Receives Largest-Ever Grant

A $100,000 grant has been awarded to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit, the largest ever in its 10-year history.

The $100,000 grant was provided by Windsong Trust, a charitable trust based in Los Angeles, California.

This grant coincides with Spread the Word Nevada's 10-year anniversary. During its decade-long effort, Spread the Word Nevada has provided literacy programs to more than 187,000 low-income children and their families within the Clark County School District and Las Vegas Valley.

The Windsong Trust was established by an American businessman, the late philanthropist Martin Crowley, to support the education of children under the age of 18.